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Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Down Under

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Monday, June 24, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: 201BC

Dr. Michelle Anderson   Matt Pfahlert   Mary Schlegelmilch  
Learners need to develop creativity, critical thinking and teamwork. Learn how the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship uses social entrepreneurship to foster these habits. This approach can supplement your curriculum and address ISTE Standards. Also hear how Curtain University uses collaborative technologies in research, teacher preparation and professional development.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Additional detail: Spotlight on Solutions presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will understand how the concept of social entrepreneurship can be used to develop 21st-century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and teamwork

Participants will be able to leverage free tools like "Global Problem Solvers: The Series" to inspire students to be global problem solvers who can innovate as technologists, think as entrepreneurs, and act as social change agents.


What is social entrepreneurship and why is it relevant to schools and students?

How does Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship help build vital career capabilities through authentic, learner-driven social enterprises?

How does Curtain University use collaborative technologies in research, teacher preparation, and professional development?

Supporting research

Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship:

Social Enterprise Academy Australia:

Global Problem Solvers: The Series:

Philosophy behind why Cisco CSR developed GPS: The Series:

Why Middle Schoolers:
Early adolescents are starting to develop cognitive abilities such as deductive logic & reasoning (Piaget, 1952, 1960)

Their intellectual capacity for abstract thoughts, independent thinking, and analytical skills is growing. (Kellough & Kellough, 2008; Scales, 2010)

Experiential learning & reflecting on new ideas is critical for this age group to foster their cognitive & intellectual development (Blakemore & Choudhury, 2006)

They are beginning to transition from a self-centered perspective to considering the rights and feelings of others. (Scales, 2010)

It’s a time when they are looking to get a better sense of the world. (Scales, 2010)

The skills associated with an entrepreneurial mindset are important for academic success (National Research Council, 2012)

Entrepreneurial skills, such as problem solving & teamwork, may be best taught during adolescent years. (Kautz, et al, 2014)

Social responsibility awareness coincides with moral development, suggesting the adolescent years are prime for increasing social awareness (Wray-Lake & Syvertsen, 2011)

Cognitive Sources:

Intellectual Sources:
Social-Emotional Sources:

Scales, P. C. (2010). Characteristics of young adolescents. “This we believe: Keys to educating young adolescents” (pp. 63-62). Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association

Moral Development Sources:
Kellough, R. D., & Kellough, N. G. (2008). Teaching young adolescents: Methods and resources for middle grades teaching (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson

Scales, P. C. (2010). Characteristics of young adolescents. “This we believe: Keys to educating young adolescents” (pp. 63-62). Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.

Psychological Sources:
Erikson, E. (1968). Identity: Youth and crisis. New York, NY: W.W. Norton.

Scales, P. C. (2010). Characteristics of young adolescents. “This we believe: Keys to educating young adolescents” (pp. 63-62). Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.

Brown, D., & Knowles, T. (2007). What every middle school teacher should know (2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann

Spiritual Sources:
Lingley, A. (2013). Seeing crucibles: Legitimizing spiritual development in the middle grades through critical historiography. Portland State University.

Importance of Entrepreneurial Skills:

Pellegrino, J. W., & Hilton, M. L. (Eds.). (2013). Education for life and work: Developing transferable knowledge and skills in the 21stcentury. National Research Council. National Academies Press

Bronte-Tinkew, J., & Redd, Z. (2001). Logic models and outcomes for youth entrepreneurship pro-grams. DC Children and Youth Investment Corporation.

Digital and ICT Skills in Early Education Sources:

Social Responsibility Sources:

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Dr. Michelle Anderson, Interface2Learn

Michelle’s research, evaluation, and facilitation work reflect a passion for improving learning and community cohesion through effective relationships between education, not-for-profits, philanthropy, and businesses. Her interests lie in the thinking, theory, and practice of collaborative leadership and learning in a rapidly changing world.

Michelle has worked as a teacher, senior researcher at the National College for School Leadership in England, Principal Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research, and executive across health and education. Her PhD at the University of London investigated social and cultural factors for inclusive leadership. Michelle is on the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s Education and Employment Advisory Panel. Formerly, Michelle was on the board of Schools Connect Australia – a not-for-profit that developed long-term school and business partnerships – and was a founding director for the education charity Australian Schools Plus. She has been recognized as with an Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Fellowship (National and Victorian) and a Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Matt Pfahlert, ACRE

As one of Australia’s pioneering social entrepreneurs, Matt’s personal mission is to help shape regional and rural Australia through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities. Matt started his first social enterprise in 1993 and now leads a team of social enterprise educators and practitioners as CEO (and co-founder) of the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE). In partnership with Scotland’s world-leading Social Enterprise Academy, ACRE operates the Social Enterprise Academy Australia, centered on training young people and communities to build sustainable enterprises and achieve greater social impact.

Mary Schlegelmilch, Cisco Systems

Mary joined Cisco’s Education team in 2011. She has extensive knowledge in distance, blended, and online learning. Mary is dedicated to education and implementing technology that will shape the way we teach and learn – most recently, the launch of Cisco Connected Educator, a professional development program for educators in the use of collaboration tools in the classroom. Mary has worked with elementary and secondary students in both rural and urban schools as an early childhood educator and a middle school science teacher. She has experience as a district curriculum facilitator, an elementary school principal, and a post-secondary instructor. She is the Past-President of the Nebraska Distance Learning Association.

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